A DAY OFF
Dir: Lee Man-Hee, 1968.
76 minutes. South Korea.
In Korean with English subtitles.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH - 10PM
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH - 7:30PM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH - 7:30PM
The long-forgotten auteur Lee Man-Hee directed over 50 films (?) before his untimely death in at the age of 47. A Day Off, maybe his most controversial, was unseen for nearly four decades by the hyper-capitalist police state of South Korea on account of its gritty depiction of urban poverty.
It follows the parallel odysseys of two young lovers in a Seoul winter as they part ways, the gap between their hopes and the reality of their means snapping painfully shut. But don't be fooled; in the face of so much misery, Lee created one of the most taut, gorgeous and revelatory films of the era. A Day Off is an unheralded art-house classic that asks one simple, eternal question: is love enough?
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